Beautiful Italian Silk Lined Antique Jewellery Box

( JB740 )



Beautiful 19th century Italian jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. Made of solid Olivewood. Beautiful inlaid Swallows to the lid and original quilted silk lined interior. Working lock and key.

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Beautiful Italian Silk Lined Antique Jewellery Box


This is a beautiful antique jewellery box, made in Sorrento, Italy. It dates to the late 19th century and has its original inlay and silk linings. It also has a working lock and key. The box was made for the tourist market.

The Exterior

This box is made of solid Olivewood. The lid has pretty inlaid Swallows and SOUVENIR hand painted in beautiful fancy script.

There is a lovely flowing curved design to the front of the lid and the box is complete with its original hinges.

The box has a fully working new lock (and vintage key). The lock flap has a beautiful circular turned wood feature.

The box also has new beautifully turned feet.

There is a decorative metal escutcheon to the keyhole.

Swallow Symbolism

The Swallows on this box were most likely added as a form of symbolism. The Swallow represents the safe journey home of a loved one.

About Olivewood

Olivewood has a distinctive grain and rich colour, and characteristic brown and yellow streaks. These features make it a sought after wood for decorative items such as jewellery boxes.

Olivewood is also favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density, and it takes well to cutting and polishing.

The olive tree primarily grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Its wood has been used for many years by Italian box makers in particular. It is also a favoured wood in areas of the Holy Lands such as Jerusalem.

The Interior

The interior has two compartments at the top and a further larger compartment beneath. The top compartments are hinged and swing open to the side. All three compartments have their original quilted and buttoned red silk panels and silk linings.


This wonderful old box is still in excellent condition for its 130 years of age.

All of the inlay is present and secure, and the box has sound structure.

The interior silk linings, being totally original, have some wear in places. This is commensurate with age and honest use.

The hinges are in good working order and the box locks securely.

Notes About Locks

We would like to make you aware that locks can occasionally malfunction. We are not responsible for locks that malfunction from further age and use.

Please ensure the lock is still working as soon as you receive your box. It will be checked again prior to shipping.

You can view our full returns policy which includes locks, by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:  25.0cm
Width:    15.0cm
Height:   10.5cm

Length & Width have been measured across the lid.

Interior Top Compartments x 2:

10.3cm by 10.0cm with a 3.2cm depth.

Interior Lower Compartment:

22.6 by 11.1cm with a 3.8cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £30 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs. Please note that we cannot deliver to international PO boxes as we use a secure insured postal service that requires a signature.

Customs and VAT fees

International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

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